Friday, September 21, 2012
Animal Planet has announced the new season of "Finding Bigfoot" will begin November 11th at 10 p.m., with a 9:00 p.m. "pre-show" leading up to the episode.
"Finding Bigfoot" routinely takes a beating in online forums for a variety of reasons, to which I say, "Who cares?" The show is fun. It is post-modern folklore. It is character-driven. The search is the point, not the result. But I digress. Having met the cast, I am pulling for them. They are great to their fans and very generous with their time. We are very much looking forward to a twenty-episode, internationally flavored Season Three. For more info on "Finding Bigfoot" go here.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
|Tim Bean, collector of all things Ultra|
It was not a clean break from the end of Tom Tvrdik's art session to the beginning of Tim Bean's presentation. The child artists were still very much involved in their creations when Tim and I got his DVD up and running. However, as images of vinyl delights began to appear onscreen, attention began to shift, gradually at first, and then growing in intensity over the next twenty-five minutes.
Tim shared footage of figures from Japan's Bandai Museum, which is enough to cause embarrasing salivation from kaiju collectors. But then the video presentation turned to his own gargantuan collection, and by this time, a number a kids (and their parents) had amassed near the front of the room, and began to pepper Tim with questions and comments. It became a very interactive session, and was also pretty awe-inspiring, as Tim shared not only what he collected but why.
|Andy takes aim at clueless kaiju|
|Your friendly author firing up the laptop for "Diary of a Kaiju"|
Thursday, August 9, 2012
|J.D. breaks down kaiju names while his "pupils" look on|
|Tom Tvrdik shares the fun of kaiju art|
Friday, August 3, 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
Aaron "Dr. AC" Christensen of HorrorHound magazine was on hand for G-FEST XIX. I met him after giving my "Diary of a Kaiju: All Godzilla's Movies in 30 Minutes" presentation in the kids' thread. He's written a fantastic blog post at the link you see below. He really nails the spirit of G-FEST, and it was intriguing to get his take on things I wasn't able to see. So what are you waiting for? Click the link!
Thursday, July 19, 2012
This was our fourth G-FEST, which doesn't seem possible. This picture was taken just steps from the box office of the Pickwick Theater, the grand movie house where G-FEST movies are screened. There is always a thrill at seeing the Pickwick's distinctive facade, yet for us it is also bittersweet.
In 2008, we were literally at the entrance to the Pickwick, gearing up for our first ever G-FEST double-double feature, when we received word that my mother-in-law was in her final hours. We immediately got back in the car and drove straight to Cleveland, and were able to be with her when she passed away. When G-FEST organizer J.D. Lees found out about our situation, he was very gracious to us, which only cemented our desire to return the following year.
Standing under the marquee of the Pickwick Theater with mere minutes to go before the first feature produces a complex swirl of emotions--everything from warm memories of Mom Long to simple (if somewhat selfish) hopes that "everything works out" this year. There was one year it didn't. That's life.
This year it did. That's what you'll be reading about in the posts that lie ahead, and we're looking forward to sharing it with you.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Saturday, July 7, 2012
I just put the finishing touches on our G-FEST kids' presentation, "Godzilla: Diary of a Kaiju." It covers all of Godzilla's movies in thirty minutes. It will be offered on Saturday morning, part of an awesome lineup of offerings just for children.
First up at 9:00 a.m. is J.D. Lees with a session on monster names. Then at 9:30, artist extraordinaire Tom Tvrdik gives pro coloring tips (and some groovy art supplies to use). At 10:00, super-fan Tim Bean talks about Ultraman toys, and at 10:30 is "Godzilla: Diary of a Kaiju."
Whether you are a kid, or just young at heart, you'll have no problem acquiring an advanced degree in fun at G-FEST XIX. If you're there, I hope you check out the kids' thread, taking place in the Haneda room!
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
In a neat development, the print mag scooped the website and Facebook page in reporting the Saturday night film at G-FEST, which will be "Godzilla vs. Destroyah," a movie made for the big screen.
With a month to go, this issue arrives at just the right time. Can't wait to dig into its contents!
Friday, June 1, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
It's the announcement G-FEST attendees like me (more than slightly obssessive) look forward to with great excitement: the movie line-up has been announced. The films are arranged around a cool "old school" theme that is very thoughtful--and I think it will likely lead to increased attendance at the theater.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Inertia and general busyness prevented me from getting my hands on Mad Scientist # 24 until just last week. It is another strong issue (two articles in this issue were nominated for Rondo awards), highlighted by a "Smog Monster" retrospective and Martin Arlt's memories of G-TOUR II. I was also amazed at the article about the Scholastic Monster Movie book--I still have my copy (or to be more precise, it now proudly resides in my son's library).
It was also cool to see that in the letters section, someone really enjoyed the article I submitted for issue 22 about "The Legend of Boggy Creek." When you write and put things out there for the world to see, whether in print or on the internet, you always wonder how your work is being received--especially a blog of this nature, which is by nature whimsically esoteric. To know that there is another "Boggy Creek" fan out there who cared enough to write in to Mad Scientist is kind of miraculous...and pretty gratifying.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
Face to face with the cast of "Finding Bigfoot"
James "Bobo" Fay and Andy
We had given ourselves plenty of extra time to get there; so much so that we were probably the first audience members to arrive. What this meant for us soon became clear, when Ranae Holland approached us, noticed Andy's "I Believe" Salt Fork T-shirt, and generally made us feel very welcome. It was a cool precursor to the day's activities.
Within minutes, the other members of the cast trickled in, and we were able to meet and speak with Cliff Barackman and Bobo. Andy, in particular, got to spend some quality time with Cliff, as they talked about what makes for good Sasquatch habitat and places in our region where they have been sighted. Bobo was just as approachable and laid-back as he appears on camera; in fact, one thing that stood out is that the stars of FB aren't acting. They truly seem to just be themselves whether the cameras are rolling or not.
Ranae Holland with Andy
Once the filming was done, the cast members stayed until every last hand had been shaken. Ranae Holland had special promo cards made up especially for young fans, and Andy got the signatures of the Big Four. We shared a really nice moment with her, as our father/son connection brought to mind memories of her father, who is repsonsible for her interest in the Bigfoot phenomenon. More than anyone, I think she understood what we were doing there.
Did I mention the catered meal? We were served pizza, hot Italian subs, salad, just for showing up!
And in case you were wondering, "Finding Bigfoot: Secrets of the Search" aired February 26th, and Andy and I both appeared on screen, asking our respective questions. Thank you, "Finding Bigfoot," for the legendary memory!
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Last week, G-FEST's special guests were revealed, and my expectations were exceeded yet again. Then over the weekend we received the latest G-FAN--issue # 98--and were taken right back to our experience with last year's guests, as we were given the opportunity to spend time with them in downtown Chicago.
The joys and challenges of everyday life can sometimes produce "tunnel vision." Re-reading the article I had submitted and seeing the pictures all together brought back the unique excitement of that day in vivid detail--not that I had forgotten the events, but I had shelved them for a time. Moreover, it gave our family another chance to ask the question, "Did that really happen to us?" Knowing the answer is "Yes, it did" is like a big, happy secret that the three of us will always share--and the remembrance of that secret can transform a humdrum day into something better.
There is lots of great stuff in G-FAN # 98, including another edition of "G-FAN Junior," a concept I heartily endorse and enjoy greatly. I can't wait for the chance to sit back and savor it. These are indeed great times to be a Godzilla fan, with unprecedented access to material and unparalleled opportunities to connect with those who have created the films themselves. That there is a community of like-minded fans to share it all with is the icing on the cake.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
I was surprised, then, to discover both S. H. Monster Arts Godzilla and Mechagodzilla for sale, along with at least four varieties of T-shirt and sweatshirt designs. The items were Disney World priced--the going rate for T-shirts was $27.50. (Yet another reason to save your change for the G-FEST dealers room.)
There was also a wide variety of Studio Ghibli souvenirs, including the first Ponyo plush we've seen in person. Once again, cute, but pricey.
Whether or not this is the closest we'll ever get to the real Japan remains to be seen. The illusion was pretty cool--well done, Imagineers!